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Student Volunteering Working Group statement of commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of work

12/06/2020

The Student Volunteering Working Group would like to publicly reaffirm our commitment in elevating equality and inclusion for all student volunteers. We believe it is vitally important that all students feel valued, respected and supported.

We acknowledge that racism can be unintentional or unconscious, and that identifying racism as an issue does not automatically mean those involved in the act are racist or intended the negative impact. However, Ireland is not free of racism and therefore we can and must do better to listen and learn.

Some resources and contacts available are listed below. As part of our commitment we are resolved to the following actions

  • We will devote part of our regular working group meetings to the issue of equality, diversity and inclusion in volunteering.
  • Through this release explicitly and publicly announce our identity as an anti-racist group.
  • That our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the actions and culture of the group through our policies and practices as we continue to learn about racism. 
  • To in future develop and work to implement strategies that dismantle racism within all aspects of our work, sector and society.

Useful resources and contacts

https://www.ireport.ie/ - An online platform for anonymous reporting of racism in Ireland

https://www.stand.ie/ - A platform where third level students in Ireland can share ideas about standing up for justice and equality

https://inar.ie/ - resources to help you learn about racism in Ireland, learn how to address racism, and where to help those affected by it.

https://www.immigrantcouncil.ie/ - a national, independent non-governmental organisation that promotes the rights of migrants.

https://www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie/ - who support people seeking protection in Ireland

https://doras.org/ - an independent NGO working to protect the rights of migrants in Ireland

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